On Monday, January 8, 2024, the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition for disciplinary action against California attorney Michael D. Lewis with the Minnesota Supreme Court.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Michael D. Lewis.”
The charges cited Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct 5.5(a) and 8.4(d).
According to a petition, Lewis was hired as General Counsel and Senior Vice President for a Minnesota-based corporation in February 2018. In this role, which was based in the company’s Saint Paul office, Lewis advised the company on issues of Minnesota law, reviewed Minnesota contracts and legal claims, and supervised other Minnesota lawyers.
However, Lewis was not licensed to practice law in Minnesota at the time. The petition alleged that from March 2018 until applying for admission in June 2021, Lewis’ legal activities constituted the practice of law in the state without a license. Lewis purchased a home in Minnesota and spent his days in the state between 2018 and 2020 while performing his job duties.
In response to the petition, Lewis entered into a stipulation agreement with the Director’s Office. Through this agreement, Lewis unconditionally admitted to the allegations in the petition and agreed to accept a public reprimand. He also agreed to pay $900 in costs.
By approving the stipulation, the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition for disciplinary action requesting that Lewis be disciplined accordingly.
The petition states:
“WHEREFORE, the Director respectfully prays for an order of this Court imposing appropriate discipline, awarding costs and disbursements pursuant to the Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility, and for such other, further or different relief as may be just and proper.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Lewis is an intellectual property attorney in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.